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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

A review of Iraq Study Group

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

A literary agent once told me that when you are trying to sell a book to a publisher, you should always keep in mind that it's not really the book you're selling; it's the idea of the book...

Analysis and Commentary

Supreme Farce

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

It might be a hilarious comedy routine to have a group of highly educated judges solemnly expounding on something that everybody knows to be utter nonsense...

Analysis and Commentary

Pew's New Biotech Report Misses the Mark

by Henry I. Millervia American
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

There exists a constant tension between the development of innovative, valuable new technologies and activists opposed to them...

Analysis and Commentary

Why Play a Weak Hand?

by Josef Joffevia New York Times
Sunday, December 10, 2006

James Baker is a consummate diplomatist; recall how he rounded up dozens of allies in the first war against Saddam Hussein...

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Close the Bases

by Larry Diamondvia New York Times
Sunday, December 10, 2006

Among the 79 recommendations of the report is one addressed explicitly to President Bush: He “should state that the United States does not seek permanent military bases in Iraq..."

Analysis and Commentary

Hugo Chavez, More Caudillo than Leftist

by William Ratliffvia National Interest Online
Thursday, December 7, 2006

The recently reelected Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is widely seen as part of the potentially dangerous surge of the left in the region...

In the News
In the News

Brutal Pinochet era won't be forgotten

with Milton Friedmanvia Chicago Sun-Times
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

For most Chileans, Gen. Augusto Pinochet, 91, who died Sunday after complications from a heart attack, was a rapacious dictator, a man who ordered the execution of thousands of his own people, tortured others and sent many into exile -- like the present president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet...

In the News

Looking Deeper Into the Mythical Social Security Cookie Jar

with Milton Friedmanvia Fox News
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me..."

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Books for Christmas

with Victor Davis Hansonvia American Spectator
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Our annual list of holiday gift suggestions from distinguished readers and writers -- from The American Spectator's December 2006-January 2007 issue...

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Charles Murray on Immigration

with Milton Friedmanvia National Review Online
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Several readers emailed in after my "Libertarianism in One Country" piece yesterday to ask what Charles Murray's current views on immigration policy are...

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A Primer on Free Banking

with Milton Friedmanvia Free-Market News Network
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The well-known monetary economist David Laidler, in a thoughtful recent paper on “Free Banking and the Bank of Canada” (Bank of Canada Review, Winter 2005), worries about natural monopoly in the banking industry on a commodity money standard: “the centralizing tendencies in reserve holding inherent in banking systems would undermine its competitiveness..."

In the News

The World War II Study Group

with Victor Davis Hansonvia Examiner
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

It was a couple of months after D-Day, the results of the European land war were awful — 2,500 casualties a day for allied forces — and Americans were getting jittery...

In the News

Lobbying and the Way the World Works

with Milton Friedmanvia US News and World Report
Monday, December 11, 2006

Dairy Industry Crushed Innovator Who Bested Price-Control System...

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Prescott on Macro

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Monday, December 11, 2006

Nobel Laureate Edward Prescott takes an Hayekian approach to macro in this commentary at the WSJ:

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The fabulous Baker boys

by Robert Zelnickvia Guardian - Comment Is Free
Sunday, December 10, 2006

As a fig leaf for defeat the report of the Iraq Study Group co-chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker and Lee H Hamilton sets the gold standard...

In the News

Journalism as social engineering

with Thomas Sowellvia Beliefnet
Sunday, December 10, 2006

A journalist friend passes on this column from today's Washington Post, knowing that it's the kind of thing that drives me nuts about my profession...

In the News

Rush to Judgment in the Ex-Spy Poisoning

with Arnold Beichmanvia Nation
Sunday, December 10, 2006

As the mystery of Alexander Litvinenko's death by polonium 210 continues to unfold--and the shadowy world of spies, former agents, defectors and seedy characters revealed seems lifted from a twisted Le Carré plot--questions continue to arise about the poisoning of the former FSB agent and defector to Britain...

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You've Got ISG Mail

with Larry Diamondvia Washington Post
Sunday, December 10, 2006

A key recommendation of last week's Iraq Study Group report was that the Bush administration should reach out to Iran and Syria to improve the situation in Iraq...